Saudi Arabia detained 77 terror suspects last month

Saudi Special Forces members of an anti-terror unit take part in an exercise on March 22, 2011 in the Dorma region, 100 kms west of Riyadh. (AFP)

Saudi security forces arrested 77 terror suspects in March, according to an updated list posted on the Interior Ministry’s Nafethah Tawasol website.

The suspects belong to nine nationalities — 53 of them are Saudis. The others included 16 Turks, two Syrians, one Bengali, an Egyptian, an Indian, a Nigerian, a Nepalese and a Kuwaiti.

Three Turks were listed in Nafethah Tawasol last year. One is still being interrogated, while another’s case has been referred to the investigation commission and the general prosecution.

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The paperwork for the third is being finalized in order for him to be referred to the prosecution. The Nafethah portal is a window of communication between the prisoner or detainee or the beneficiary in detention centers and their relatives abroad.

The portal works to transform traditional services to modern electronic services, shorten the time and effort with the detainees and attends to their needs.

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on April 6, 2017.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48